Spiranthes praecox (Walter) S. Watson 1890

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Common Name The Early Blooming Spiranthes - in USA The Greenvein Ladies' Tresses - The Giant Ladies' Tresses

Flower Size .24 to .5" [.6 to 1.25 cm]

Found in New York, New Jersey?, Maryland?, Virginia?, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missisppi, Arkansas, Lousiana, Texas and Oklahoma on roadsides, meadows, prairies, open woodlands in partial sun as a small to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 7, basal and on the lower half of the stem, linear-lanceolate leaves that arew present at blooming which occurs in the spring on an erect, terminal, to 24" [60 cm] long, 10 to 40 flowered inflorescence carrying the fragrant flowers in single to multiple ranks

Synonyms Ibidium praecox (Walter) House 1906; *Limodorum praecox Walter 1788; Spiranthes praecox f. albolabia P.M.Br. & C.L.McCartney 1995; Triorchis praecox (Walter) Nieuwl. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 as Limordium praecox; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; Wild Orchids of the Northeastern USA PM Brown 1993 drawing good; Wild Orchids of the Southeastern USA North of Penninsular Florida PM Brown 2004 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #8 2011 photo fide;